Most travellers taking a boat out of Luang Prabang take a two day slow boat up the Mekong to the border with Thailand. We decided to take the river less travelled and jumped on a slow boat up the Nam Ou river to reach the village of Nong Khiaw and we were glad we did.
We were lucky enough to snag one of the six cumfy seats on the boat (the rest were all just small wooden seats with even smaller pillows on them) and could then just sit back and watch the world go by as we pushed against the current in the clean emerald water, the river bounded by lots of limestone karst mountainside and small villages on the banks going about their daily life.
Nong Khiaw itself is a small and basic village but it is set between beautiful limestone mountains and the sunsets there are gorgeous. If you are leaving Luang Prabang, you could do a lot worse than getting out by boat to Nong Khiaw.
Mr and Mrs T xx